DUNCKER, Max(imilian) Wolfgang. Berlin 15.12.1811 — Ansbach 21.7.1886. German Historian and Politician. Son of Carl Friedrich Wilhelm D., a bookseller and publisher, and Fanny Auguste Wolff. After Friedrich-Wilhelm-Gymnasium studies at Berlin under Hegel et al., for a while also at Bonn. Ph.D. 1834 Berlin. After some difficulties PD 1839 and ao. Professor of History 1842 at Halle. His political opinions caused difficulties with conservatives. In 1857-59 Professor of Political History, International Law and Theory of Statistics at Tübingen. Then in government service in Berlin, in 1867-74 Director of Prussian State Archives, until retirement. Married 1843 Charlotte Guticke, no children.
Publications: Diss. De historia eiusque tractandae varia ratione. Berlin 1834; Hab.diss. Origines Germanicae. 1839
– “Über die Zeit der Abfassung der Avesta”, MbBeAW 1876, 517-527.
– Geschichte des Altertums. New ed. 1-9. Lp. 1878-86 (now including India, which was not the case in the earlier ed. 1-4. B. 1855-57), also in English.
– Several works on Greek and especially on German history.
Sources: *R. Haym, Das Leben Max Dunckers.B. 1891; *H. von Petersdorff, A.D.B. 48, 1904, 171-199; J. Schulze, N.D.B. 4, 1959, 195; Wikipedia with portrait (more in German version).
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